What we do
Connect and Educate Florida Defense Businesses

Bringing together defense businesses of all sizes from all across the state
Advocate for a Better Business Climate

Making Florida the supplier to the nation
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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
  • The only association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida

  • Leading a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries

  • Decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

  • Did you know?
    Facts about Florida's defense industry.

The only business association:

Focused on meeting your unique needs.

Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

Working tirelessly to improve your business climate.

Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):


FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

  • FDCA Members

  • Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership

  • Benefits to fit your unique business

  • Affordable dues for every business size

Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Your dues provide necessary resources for activities towards accomplishing our Mission, which results in:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000 $166.67/mo
$10 M to $20 M $1000 $83.34/mo
$5 M to $10 M $500 $41.67/mo
$2.5 M to $5 M $250 $20.84/mo
up to $2.5 M $175 $14.59/month
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Businesses development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Our audience is your audience - activities specifically designed for defense businesses

  • Four Feature Events a year, one a quarter, throughout Florida and Washington DC

  • Networking Mixers provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience

  • FDCA Webinars are tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business

You have many options, and your time is valuable. Your audience attends our events, so you receive a better return on you time and resources investment :
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Open!
FL Defense Day
Winter, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Registration Opening Soon
FDCA Member Only Event
Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex The business climate in which you operate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida

  • Unemployment Insurance Relief

Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
Connect and stay informed of events and news in your area and around the state:
Free and open to the public regardless of membership status

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Friday, August 22, 2014

USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry arrive at Mayport - First Coast News

"After years of planning and preparation, a complete Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) is stationed at Mayport. The USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry joined the USS New York at Mayport Sunday to complete the group.

"Today marks a new chapter in the history of the Iwo Jima, the Fort McHenry, the New York, and Naval Station Mayport," said Wes McCall, Commanding Officer of the base.

Ships in the ARG can move military and machines across the world. They also aid in humanitarian missions, and a list of other tasks. McCall says the additions are a big step forward for Mayport.

"These three ships are a fantastic addition to our basin," he said."

USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry arrive at Mayport

Registration Open - First Coast Defense Expo, Nov 6, Cecil Airport Jax

Equipping America's Heroes, Creating Jobs
The First Coast Knows How To Make Defense Happen!
November 6, 2014
Cecil Airport, Jacksonville, FL


All Registrations OPEN!
First Coast area federal, state, and local stakeholders work together to make the defense sector a strong economic powerhouse while securing our nation and supporting our men and women in our Armed Forces.

Register for the third annual First Coast Defense Expo November 6, 2014, at Cecil Airport, Jacksonville, to see how it's done firsthand. Over 350 people attend this annual event.

The Expo is open to the entire First Coast community, surrounding regions, and the state of Florida, including service members from the local military installations and elected leaders from Georgia and Florida, allowing them to directly see your business and how the defense industry in our region contributes to our national security and creates jobs.

Whether you attend, exhibit, or sponsor, you will make valuable contacts, meet industry supportive leaders, and gain exposure for yourself or your business on November 6, 2014, at Cecil Airport, Jacksonville.

Visit fcdexpo.com for more information

Pricing Information:

General Attendance: $25 more info register
(US Military including Guard and Reserve and DoD civilians - Free) 

Exhibit Block: $350 more info register
(small business and FDCA Member discounts) 

Sponsor: varies more info contact us
 Cecil Airport Map
subject to changes/updates

Lockheed's F-35 simulator work in Orlando gets $233 million extra - Orlando Sentinel

"The contract increase – one of the largest for Lockheed Martin's F-35 simulation work – calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems, the U.S. military announced late Friday. The vast majority (96 percent) of the work will be done in Orlando.

Lockheed's Orlando training systems unit manages the F-35 flight training center at Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle. It also produces automated logistics computers for the stealth fighter jets. More than 500 jobs in Orlando are tied to the F-35 work, including weapons-targeting systems produced by Lockheed's missiles group in south Orlando.

The Pentagon has pressed forward with the F-35 program despite frequent schedule delays, cost overruns and technical problems – the most recent being an engine fire on June 23 that temporarily grounded the jets. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire on takeoff from Eglin. The F-35 engine is made by Pratt & Whitney.

The Pentagon acknowledges that Lockheed has taken a number of measures to cut costs and address performance issues over the past year."

Lockheed's F-35 simulator work in Orlando gets $233 million extra - Orlando Sentinel

Defense contractors brace for rules on hacking - Maryland Daily Record

"Companies that do business with the Defense Department are bracing for new U.S. rules requiring them to report computer breaches to the Pentagon and give the government access to their networks to analyze the attacks.
Groups representing the contractors are raising concern about the Pentagon rooting around their data, and say smaller companies may not even have the cybersecurity protections needed to comply. A report that was to be released today on the rules has been pushed back until Sept. 24, according to a person familiar with the matter who isn’t authorized to speak publicly.
The pending rule change marks an escalation of efforts to understand the scale of hacking as the Defense Department plans to spend $23 billion through fiscal year 2018 on cybersecurity. The crux of the rule is designed to ensure companies handling classified data quickly inform the Pentagon of hacking attacks."

Defense contractors brace for rules on hacking | Maryland Daily Record

G4S Government Solutions Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, awarded $24,435,969

G4S Government Solutions Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is being awarded a $24,435,969 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for base operating services at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Base operating support services will include family housing, facility management, facility investment, other (swimming pools), custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, base support vehicles and equipment, electrical, wastewater, water, and limited facilities support functions.

Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, August 11, 2014

G4S Parsons Pacific LLC, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, awarded $63,561,125

G4S Parsons Pacific LLC, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is being awarded a $63,561,125 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62742-12-D-3601) to exercise 12 months of the second option period for base operations support services at U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia. The work to be performed provides for general management and administration services; command and staff; public safety; air operations; port operations; supply; morale, welfare and recreation support; galley; bachelor quarters; facilities support; utilities; base support vehicles and equipment; and environmental to provide integrated Base Operating Services.

Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, August 11, 2014

Exelis Systems Corp,, Systems Div., Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, awarded $21,536,294

Exelis Systems Corp,, Systems Div., Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, has been awarded a $21,536,294 cost-plus-award-fee modification (P00947) to F04701-0l-C-0001 to provide the following Launch and Test Range System support functions to the Eastern Range and Western Range: range sustainment; external user support, projects and engineering services (Missile Defense Agency, Navy, NASA, etc.; systems engineering; and interim supply support spares for the sustainment period). The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,772,689,908. This modification extends the basic contract by a maximum period of performance of three months. Work will be performed at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the work for this effort will be completed by Oct. 31, 2014.

Defense.gov Contracts for Thursday, July 31, 2014

USA Environmental, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, awarded $26,153,599

USA Environmental, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida, is being awarded $26,153,599 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0006 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N62470-11-D-8007) for munitions and explosives of concern removal at the former Vieques Naval Training Range and former Naval Ammunition Support Detachment, Puerto Rico. The work to be performed provides for the removal of surface, subsurface, and underwater munitions and explosives of concern. Work will be performed in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and is expected to be completed by July 2017.

Defense.gov Contracts for Thursday, July 31, 2014